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1
Alibaba Signs Distribution Deal With BMG, Its First Music Partner Outside Of Asia

In a bid to increase its online entertainment offerings, Alibaba has struck an agreement with music publisher BMG, which gives it access to over 2.5 million tracks. The partnership is notable because it represents the first time Alibaba’s digital entertainment unit has signed with a music partner outside of Asia.

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AT&T brings gigabit Internet to Apple's home town, charges steep premium over cities where Google Fiber's available

The story behind the story: Google Fiber’s absence from Silicon Valley may be good for AT&T, but it appears to be bad for the wallets of Cupertino residents. AT&T is charging Cupertino residents a higher price for GigaPower than in regions of the country where it competes directly with Google Fiber, as Ars Technica first reported. In Kansas City, where GigaPower launched in February, AT&T is charging $70 per month for gigabit Internet—$40 less than the Cupertino price. The story is the same in Austin, and AT&T is already charging $70 in Raleigh, North Carolina where Google Fiber will expand in the coming months.

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What centuries-old poop parasites teach us about international travel

The excavation of a roughly 500-year-old latrine in Jerusalem has uncovered thousands of eggs from human parasites, including some that may have come from Northern Europe, a new study finds.

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Microsoft Announces Surface 3, A Cheaper, Thinner, Slower Surface Pro 3

Microsoft built a smaller Surface Pro 3 so that it could sell the device at a lower price point. The Surface 3, at its base price point, is 62.4 percent of the cost of its predecessor. Laboring under the presumption that the average laptop consumer is price sensitive — marginally sensitive to negative dollars as a percentage price delta between two competing devices — the move makes sense.

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Tory Burch's Ex-Husband Is Now Selling Office Furniture

The desk, part of a debut furniture collection launching today, is a far cry from the copycat silk blouses that founding investor J. Christopher Burch was shilling at C. Wonder, the women's apparel and accessories company that he founded shortly after Poppin. Burch, a serial retail entrepreneur, previously provided wife Tory Burch with the capital to start her eponymous women's apparel and accessories company, today valued at over $3.25 billion. After they divorced, Burch sold his stake in Tory Burch LLC and rapidly launched C. Wonder stores across the country, filling them with dresses, handbags, and shoes remarkably akin to ex-wife Tory's Palm Beach-meets-Park Avenue aesthetic. Critics pounced , calling the brand "revenge retail," and shoppers never materialized. C. Wonder closed its doors in January. "I’d just rather not talk about it anymore," Burch told The New York Times . Will Burch succeed in office furniture where he failed in women's clothing?

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http://venturebeat.com/2015/03/30/apple-expands-iphone-trade-in-program-to-include-android-blackberry-windows-phone-and-pcs/

This explains how Apple can offer such a program: Partnering with third parties means the company can push its own products without having to deal with the process of refurbishing and selling non-Apple hardware. Apple is naturally interested in offering more incentive for those considering switching from Android, BlackBerry, Windows, and Windows Phone.

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What Mass Transit Can Learn From Elitist Buses Like Leap | WIRED

But even if the experience is great, there are gaps in service. Buses and trains simply cannot go everywhere, all the time. That’s where the private sector comes in. New York has one of the nation’s most comprehensive public transit systems, and its subway system alone carries 5 million passengers daily. Yet there is no quick or easy way to reach John F. Kennedy or LaGuardia airports. That gave rise to a cottage industry of shuttle buses. Elsewhere in the city, “dollar vans” carry 120,000 people a day, says Sarah Kaufman, adjunct assistant professor of planning at New York University. Via offers $5 rides in a luxury SUV anywhere in much of Manhattan.

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Adobe debuts Comp CC for iPad, Facebook Messenger gets third-party hooks, Google Drive enables automatic backups

Adobe on Monday launched a conceptual design app for the iPad, Comp CC, while Facebook brought third-party app integration to Messenger, and Google Drive gained support for automatic iOS photo and video backup.

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Spotify is launching today for Sony's PS4 and PS3

Once you’re logged in, you’re presented with an interface that’s equal part familiar to PlayStation and Spotify users alike. By default, you’re dropped into Spotify’s main "browse" section, which lets you find curated playlists that the service is highlighting on a particular day (like "TGIF" or "commuter flow"), as well as the extensive genre- and mood-based playlist sub-categories. The iconography is purely Spotify and will be immediately familiar to anyone who has used the service a bit, but the app design more closely mirrors Sony’s PS4 interface. It’s pretty simple and straightforward; it doesn’t take many steps to get straight into playing music. And any song you come across can be added to your collection with one click of a button.

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Microsoft resurrects the Surface with third try

Microsoft today announced the Surface 3, a new entry in its not-a-tablet-it's-a-notebook line, pitching the smaller device as a "more compact and efficient package" than the Surface Pro 3.

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ITC to investigate Apple on allegations of Ericsson patent infringement

Anyone suing in the Eastern District of Texas knows they don't have a leg to stand on but hope they can buffalo the jurists into going against Apple. If they had sued anywhere else, I'd consider their claims but not now. I know Ericsson is a huge company but LTE is a standard and as such people who want to use this standard shouldn't be charged more than a reasonable amount and we know Ericsson is trying to gouge Apple simply because they are selling a ton of phones and they probably can't get any money out of Samsung so who's left to charge royalties?

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Atlas Obscura on Twitter

Things are pretty trippy inside the world's longest road tunnel: http://bit.ly/1OULG5m  pic.twitter.com/gcSf6fY40q

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Stop Everything: You Can Play "Pac-Man" In Google Maps Right Now

Just in time for April Fools’ Day, Google has rolled out a cool new feature on Google Maps that allows you to play the classic arcade game Pac-Man using ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD as your maze.

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Google Drive for Work gets new IT-friendly features

CIOs and IT administrators will soon be able to create groups for different departments in Drive for Work and set specific sharing settings for employees within those groups. Google will introduce new information rights management (IRM) options that let administrators disable download, print and copy features for files stored in their corporate Google Drives. Users will also soon be able to share files with individuals who don't have Google accounts, and Google Apps administrators will be able to create custom alerts for specific actions, so they can tell staffers to download a new app or delete a shared calendar, for example.

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Former feds charged with stealing Silk Road bitcoin

Former feds charged with stealing Silk Road bitcoin Two former federal agents have been charged with wire fraud, money laundering and related offenses for allegedly stealing digital currency during their investigation of the Silk Road. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1bJtlJk

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The Pentagon Can't Account for $45 Billion It Spent in Afghanistan

It's truly difficult to imagine any other area of government where you couldn't get a full accounting of how $45 billion was spent. Even if your particular brand of politics leads you to believe that government spending is inherently wasteful, every other entity spending public money has to say when and where they spent that money.

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Facebook's New Scrapbook Tool Collects Your Kids' Photos

The people who first started using Facebook have grown up. As that core audience has aged, there are a lot more Facebook users with kids who now post thousands of baby photos onto the platform.

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11 ways to de-stress based on how much time you can spare

Luckily, you don't need a full week in the tropics or a standby masseuse to help cope with stress. Check out our below list of easy stress-relievers, based on how much time you have.

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After Snowden, The NSA Faces Recruitment Challenge

This year, the NSA needs to find 1,600 recruits. Hundreds of them must come from highly specialized fields like computer science and mathematics. So far, it says, the agency has been successful. But with its popularity down, and pay from wealthy Silicon Valley companies way up, agency officials concede that recruitment is a worry. If enough students follow Daniel Swann, then one of the world's most powerful spy agencies could lose its edge.

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Martha Stewart wants to smoke weed, get freaky with Justin Bieber

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 42 million unique visitors worldwide and 21 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

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Ex-One Direction member Zayn Malik has a new song, and it's causing drama

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 42 million unique visitors worldwide and 21 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

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Microsoft Surface 3 promises great battery life, costs just $499 and runs Windows 8.1

Microsoft quietly phased out the RT-based Surface 2, and as a result, its entire Surface line-up has boiled down to a single product, the Surface Pro 3. However, the SP3 has two big shortcomings: Its price is significantly higher than more traditional notebooks, and its battery life has never been great. But now an Intel-powered Surface 3 running Windows 8.1 solves most of these problems in a single stroke, and allows Microsoft to address a new tier of potential Surface customers.

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Meet the Asus Chromebook Flip, a $249 Chrome OS tablet with a 360-degree hinge

On Tuesday, Google announced the $249 Asus Chromebook Flip. As the first mainstream Chrome device to offer a 360-degree hinge, the Flip can function as a tablet as well as a laptop. (Lenovo was first to offer a Chrome OS convertible with its ThinkPad Yoga 11e last year, but that model was meant primarily for education, and was chunkier and pricier that most people would like.)

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IBM to pump $3B into new IoT business unit

Hungry for a bigger piece of the Internet of things market, IBM will invest $3 billion over four years to establish a new business unit dedicated to providing IoT systems and services to enterprises.

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Deep-dive review: New 13-in. MacBook Pro brings Force Touch to the trackpad

Personally, I love the feel of the trackpad; if you're accustomed to Apple trackpads -- which longtime readers know I've advocated over mice and trackballs -- you're going to like Force Touch once you grow accustomed to using it. After experiencing it on the new computer, I've found myself trying to use force presses on my own 15-in. MacBook Pro. The sensitivity of Force Touch can be adjusted in Settings, and for those who don't want it, there is an option to disable the feature -- though I'm not sure why you would want to.

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New York Times Will Deliver One-Sentence News Stories To Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is Apple's first wearable device that will be launched in Early 2015. The Apple Watch collection features highly polished stainless steel and space black stainless steel cases. The display is protected by sapphire crystal. And there’s a choice of three different leather bands, a link bracelet, a Milanese loop, and a band made from high-performance fluoroelastomer. Siri allows …

27
Engadget on Twitter

“ @engadget : Limited edition 'Batman' PlayStation 4 scratches that superhero itch http://engt.co/1BJDHOA  pic.twitter.com/EeEiGWE6iD ” cc: @aegies

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Facebook 'tracks all visitors, breaching EU law'

“If people who are not being tracked by Facebook use the ‘opt out’ mechanism proposed for the EU, Facebook places a long-term, uniquely identifying cookie, which can be used to track them for the next two years,” explained Günes Acar from Cosic, who also co-wrote the report. “What’s more, we found that Facebook does not place any long-term identifying cookie on the opt-out sites suggested by Facebook for US and Canadian users.”

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Why Xiaomi Cares So Much About Its New Power Strip

It may seem like Xiaomi is falling to the low-end of the low-end of the electronics spectrum. But the Mi Power Strip actually shows the company’s outsized ambitions. Far from content just being the biggest smartphone vendor in China, Xiaomi wants to take over users’ entire home, where everything down to the power strips to light bulbs are Mi-made.

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Google is finally starting to squash its two separate operating systems together

Beyond apps, there are some other ways the two platforms are coming together, too. The Asus Flip, a Chromebook revealed today that's half laptop, half tablet, will bring a new touch interface for Chrome OS that takes as much from Android as it does from Windows 8's Live Tiles, making it easy to work with it while it's in tablet mode.

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VentureBeat on Twitter

Oh, it's coming @david_postal “ @VentureBeat : IBM commits $3B for new Internet of Things business unit http://wp.me/p5hvhT-75bL  @jordannovet

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge review

As long as I’m talking about the screen, let’s talk about the Galaxy S6 Edge, whose distinguishing feature is a screen that curves around two sides. We’re not reviewing it separately because it is, for nearly all intents and purposes, the exact same phone as the regular S6. In fact, the only intent and purpose that really matters for the Edge is marketing: it’s just an incredibly cool-looking phone that’s sure to draw people into the store. It’s an example of Samsung’s engineering abilities and the kind of thing that will wow your friends at the bar for a minute or two.

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Forget Google And Microsoft—These Are The Startups That Should Scare Dropbox

Dropbox will probably never be described as "fast" when it comes to product development––that's partly because its very business depends on being cautious and protective of customers' most precious files. (As CTO Arash Ferdowsi bluntly explains in our feature, "Dropbox just can't ever screw up.") However, that caution creates opportunity for smaller players with a singular focus who can move much faster. Take CloudMagic, for example. This email app works with every email provider, including Gmail, Exchange, iCloud, and Yahoo, while Mailbox, which Dropbox acquired in 2013, still only works with Google and iCloud accounts. (That leaves out most email for work––where Dropbox is currently focused most.) Mailbox is often praised for helping users blaze through messages with tools like snoozing and auto-swipe, but CloudMagic integrates with a number of beloved productivity apps, such as Wunderlist, Evernote, and Pocket, that make CloudMagic just as handy, if not more. Users can also save and upload attachments to and from Dropbox.

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Better Call Saul: "Pimento" Review - IGN

From the first, Better Call Saul has – by necessity – acted in some ways like a Greek Tragedy. Those who watched Breaking Bad know where the scrappy Mr. McGill’s journey will eventually lead him. So Jimmy’s transformation into Saul had to be compelling enough to retain the viewer’s attention, even with that foreknowledge. Better Call Saul co-creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould have more than succeeded in that goal. The unfolding downfall of Jimmy McGill is not only arresting, but also agonizing to witness.

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Game over: Nintendo puts an end to Mario 64 HD remake that you could play in your browser

“The copyrighted work at issue is Nintendo’s Super Mario 64 video game (U.S. Copyright Reg. No. PA0000788138), including but not limited to the audiovisual work, computer program, music, and fictional character depictions. The web site at http://mario64-erik.u85.net/Web.html displays, and allows users to play, an electronic game that makes unauthorized use of copyright-protected features of Nintendo’s Super Mario 64 video game. Nintendo requests that CloudFlare, Inc. immediately disable public access to http://mario64-erik.u85.net/Web.”

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The Next Web on Twitter

Curator, Twitter's answer to Storify, is now publicly open to media organizations http://tnw.co/1GIZgW7  pic.twitter.com/M8cIy8mUAR

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Raptr Launches Instagram for Gamers, Raises $14 Million to Expand Service

And unlike Twitch, which specializes in live-streaming experienced gamers with large followings, Raptr is targeting amateur gamers to record and share their top moments.

38
Website Creator Wix Launches A New Music-Focused Service

With the rise in importance of various kinds of social media, some musicians and bands have started to forgo creating traditional websites, seeing them as outdated and unnecessary. While having a Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, BandPage, and about half a dozen other sites may work for some acts, plenty of others still want a centralized location where fans can find all the info they’re looking for, including where to buy merchandise and music (if they’re still doing so).

39
The price of shame

"Public shaming as a blood sport has to stop," says Monica Lewinsky. In 1998, she says, “I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” Today, the kind of online public shaming she went through has become constant — and can turn deadly. In a brave talk, she takes a hard look at our online culture of humiliation, and asks for a different way.

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Etsy to sell 16.7M shares priced at $14-$16 in IPO, seeks to raise up to $267M at a valuation of up to $1.78B

Etsy to sell 16.7M shares priced at $14-$16 in IPO, seeks to raise up to $267M at a valuation of up to $1.78B

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The World's Most Famous Musicians Just Hosted a Bonkers Press Conference

Only a few minutes ago, the entire music industry stood on a stage in a collective display of how rich and out of touch they are. They think you are willing to pay up to double the price of other streaming music services to pay for their streaming music service, because they are crazy.

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Living life on the S6 Edge

Samsung is back atop the Android throne with its new Galaxy S6. The hotly contested title for Android’s best was more open than ever last year, with credible contenders from Sony, Motorola, and HTC, but 2015 is starting out with Samsung clearly in the ascendancy. And the Korean company is doing it with not one, but two phones: the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. The two share a nigh-identical spec sheet, a new (for Samsung) metal frame construction, and an all-glass back and front. However, they are definitely not the same. The Edge’s screen wraps around its sides, giving it an instantly recognizable, futuristic look and the potential to do a few things that flat-screened phones just can’t match.

43
10 best mobile phones in the world today

However, with so many to choose from, we've spent hours whittling them down to a top ten, taking into account the power, specs, design and most importantly: value for money, although we'll always point you in the direction of the latest handsets - after all, nobody wants to be carting around a phone that doesn't get any updates in a year's time, right?

44
Here's How Long It Would Take To Fall Through The Center Of Earth

Just how long would it take to fall through the center of the Earth, traveling from one side of our planet to the other?

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Editorial: Gov. Pence, fix 'religious freedom' law now

Editorial: Gov. Pence, fix 'religious freedom' law now State should extend protected status to gays, lesbians — those protections can co-exist with RFRA. Check out this story on IndyStar.com: http://indy.st/1CqQk4C

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The good news about PMS

Everybody knows that most women go a little crazy right before they get their period, that their reproductive hormones cause their emotions to fluctuate wildly. Except: There's very little scientific consensus about premenstrual syndrome. Says psychologist Robyn Stein DeLuca, science doesn't agree on the definition, cause, treatment or even existence of PMS. She explores what we know and don't know about it — and why the popular myth has persisted.

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Google Maps turned your streets into Pac-Man today

Your streets can be an iconic arcade game right now. Google Maps has a Pac-Man option just in time for April Fool's Day. With the click of a button, your streets will be dotted with yellow pellets and the four famous ghosts. New York City, with its perpendicular streets, is perfect for Pac-Man's maze. I zipped around the block for a few minutes, until I ran into Pinky outside Webster Hall. Even though everyone's streets probably won't convert into a Pac-Man-like grid, Google might be getting better at gags after years of trying and failing .

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Flyp Lets You Add Multiple Numbers To Your Smartphone

Flyp is a new iOS/Android app that lets you have up to six different phone numbers simultaneously active on your smartphone. The first number is free and each additional “premium” phone number (a maximum of five) costs $2.99 per month (or $29.99 per year) to maintain. The Flyp app manages all the numbers, voicemail, text messages, and notifications. Announced at SXSW 2015, the app is actually live in the iOS store and Google Play today.

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I was held hostage for 317 days. Here's what I thought about…

Vincent Cochetel was held hostage for 317 days in 1998, while working for the UN High Commissioner on Refugees in Chechnya. For the first time, he recounts the experience — from what it was like to live in a dark, underground chamber, chained to his bed, to the unexpected conversations he had with his captors. With lyricism and power, he explains why he continues his work today. Since 2000, attacks on humanitarian aid workers have tripled — and he wonders what that rise may signal to the world.

50
How Growers Gamed California’s Drought

Lawmakers have begun, gingerly, to reform the water system, but experts say that much remains to be done. For years, California was the only state in the arid West that set no limits on how much groundwater a property owner could extract from a private well. Thus nearly everyone and their neighbors in the Central Valley have been drilling deeper and deeper wells in recent years, seeking to offset reductions in state and federal water deliveries. This agricultural version of an arms race not only favors big corporate enterprises over smaller farmers, it threatens to collapse the aquifers whose groundwater is keeping California alive during this drought and will be needed to endure future droughts. (Groundwater supplies about 40 percent of the state’s water in years of normal precipitation but closer to 60 percent in dry years.)

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